Christian Siriano, the winner of season 4 of Project Runway, debuted his shoe collaboration with Payless at his NY Fashion Week runway show a few days ago. The shoes are slated for release in September 2009, and will be available at approximately 10% of Payless stores and online at Payless.com with prices ranging from $25-$45. The shoes, as well as his F/W 09.10 Ready-to-Wear clothing collection, were inspired by Egyptian landscapes:
Each of the five shoe styles - with creative names like Slither, Saunter, SheDevil, Sand Strap and Strut - feature Christian's unique chunky conical heel designed to look like an inverted pyramid. Handbags - the Shanbag tote and Sassafras clutch - coordinate with the footwear silhouettes: two ankle booties and three hidden platform pumps, with accents of pyramid studs and draped chains. Rich materials such as shiny dark brown snakeskin and Egyptian hieroglyphic teal fabric also echo Christian's Egyptian inspiration. (Examiner)Above are pics of the shoes shown at Christian's runway show, so it is expected that these are the exact shoes that will be sold at Payless in September. What do you think of them? I am glad that Christian stuck to his aesthetic and wasn't bullied by Payless to create "safer" shoes - I really love these designs, but they're pretty out-there compared to the shoes you normally find at Payless. My favorites are the brown peep-toes with the chains in the top-right and the brown pumps with the chains and pyramid studs in the bottom-middle, and the brown ankle boots are a great staple piece for any shoe collection. I can't believe they'll be just $25-$45! September is much too far away.
Pic from NY Mag